Mar 24, 2015
PREVIEW: FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
THE race for Australia’s oldest motor racing award, the CAMS Gold Star, returns full-time to the Shannons Nationals this season as Australia’s fastest racing cars once again do battle with lap records and the young drivers who steer them with each other. An established pecking order will be shaken up this year with defending champion Simon Hodge moving on to Carrera Cup, runner-up Ben Gersekowski to endurance racing and several new faces joining the party. F3 remains Australia’s only truly international formulae, where the cars you can run here can be raced anywhere there is a Formula 3 category – and that relevance continues to be its strength.
ROUNDS + FORMAT:
7 - Sandown, Phillip Island 1, Winton, Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway, Phillip Island 2, Wakefield Park. Three races per round, with the race one grid determined by the fast lap in qualifying, the race two grid a top four inversion of the first race’s finishing order, and the final race’s grid set by the second fastest lap in qualifying.
Young Victorian Ricky Capo was a revelation last year and the addition of his brand-new (ex-Sergio Perez) Dallara F311 makes him a title favourite. Young Queenslander Luke Spalding could impress in the Gilmour Racing F307 and so should Jon Collins in the team’s F311 raced by Gersekowski last year. Though his budget hadn’t been completely confirmed as we went to press, the former national class race winner has the runs on the board for a proper title tilt. A two-car team from Sydney outfit AGI Sport will also look the business.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The season finale’ at Wakefield Park will be something different, with more points (basically double) and more races (four) up for grabs at the Goulburn venue to decide the championship this October. Keep an eye on the lap record chart as well: the freeing-up of engine regulations somewhat should add slightly to performance this year following a season where they were decimated at almost every venue the series visited.
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